Finding Calm in Urgency

Is your soul unsettled over an urgent matter?Japanese Garden-1

I woke up in the morning with my heart pounding. The details of my responsibilities for that day were whirling around in my mind making it unable to focus on any one thing. My soul felt unsettled. How was I going to get it all done today?

Emails, posting to social media, paying my mother’s bills, meeting with one of my ministry leaders for early coffee, a writing project that was overdue, studying for a Hebrew quiz, laundry, finding my desk underneath all the piles of folders, unopened mail, books, and pending projects that had been tossed on it—let alone processing it all. Out of sheer habit, I sat down with God for my morning quiet time with Him.

I read the words of Oswald Chambers:

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus…Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing, and receiving from Him peace?…We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say—“Let not your heart be troubled.”1

How is Chambers encouraging us to find peace in our contemporary culture of urgency?

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Are you overwhelmed? A prayer…

A prayer for when you are having an overwhelming season in life:

Lord God, In Your sovereignty, I have a heavy and stressful situation in my life. I pray I take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Your faithfulness is a shield and fortress for me. How precious is Your covenant love to me! May I sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings because You are my help.

(Ruth 2:12; Psalm 36:7; 63:7; 91:4)

Do you want God to use your life for His glory? A prayer…

A prayer for God to use your life for His Glory:

Heavenly Father,

I lift up my eyes to heaven and acknowledge that You have authority over all things, including the gift of eternal life. May I realize that eternal life is knowing You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Your Son, whom You sent. I pray that I bring You glory on the earth by completing the work You have given me to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (John 17.1-5)

Book Review – Prayer: Conversing with God

Prayer: Conversing with God

Author: Rosalind Rinker

Publisher: Zondervan, revised ed. 1986; 128 pages

Subject: Prayer.

Someone recommended this book to me many years ago, and it revolutionized my own personal prayer life. God was no longer someone I talked at in prayer; He became a Person that I talked with in prayer. The book is based mainly on the meaning and content of the verses in Matthew 18:19-20. The author knows firsthand that group prayer has lost its meaning for many Christians.

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